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2012 "Peach State Shootout" Atlanta Major tournament report

 

2012 "Peach State Shootout"

 

Marietta, GA

 

May 26-27

Presented by Down2EarthSports.com

Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns out of Orlando, Florida backed up their Conference tournament win in Indiana two weeks ago with a 5-0 performance at the "Peach State Shoot-Out", beating Shoppe/Team TPS/Elite 36-16 in the championship game.  Demarini and 3rd place TYJA-Suncoast Reebok cruised through their first 3 games each on a collision course to meet late Saturday night in the winner's final.  In the winner's final, a two hour slugfest, TYJA-Suncoast Reebok jumped out to a 13 run top of the first inning and held leads of 15-5 and 27-17, using two double plays and a strikeout to keep the Demarini offense in check.  Demarini/Dirty never gave up though and came all the way back to trail 36-29 to start the bottom of the 6th inning.  Demarini would score 10 runs in the 6th to take a 39-36 lead into the 7th.  TYJA scored 2 in the top half of the 7th and had the tying run on 2nd when Defensive MVP SS Steven Loyd made a nice play to get the final out.

 

TYJA's 13 run first inning against Demarini in the winner's final

Demarini/Dirty's comeback and final 6 innings of the winner's final

On Sunday, Shoppe, for the third week in a row made a run through the loser's bracket and beat D2E 24-8 and TYJA-Suncoast 19-17 to make it back to the championship game against Demarini.  In the championship Demarini/Dirty took the heart out of a tired and banged up Shoppe team as they posted a 30 run lead and flip flopped and beat Shoppe 36-16, but to Shoppe's credit they never did give up.

The DownEarth "Peach State Shoot-Out" didn't start until Saturday morning at 8 am.  The play in round was uneventful with no real upsets to speak of.  In the second round D2E got past The Scene by 5, Headhunters beat Baugh Ford by 1 in extra innings when Ron Pearce lined a knuckle ball off of the BaughFord  shortstops glove with the bases loaded and Baugh was only able to get a force play while the winning run scored.  B&B/Sears had a nice 15-6 win over Primetime, and Taylormade broke open a 14-14 tie in the 4th inning with Westshore Pizza by scoring 15 runs in the 5th and run ruling them 29-14.  Demarini/Dirty also struggled some with Major League but pulled out a 21-15 victory.  Meanwhile 454, TYJA, and Shoppe all moved on easily.

In the third round, TYJA jumped out to a huge lead on D2E with some clean hitting as D2E didn't give them any errors and TYJA run ruled them 26-9.  454 waited til late to get by Headhunters 13-9 when neither team could really get anything going in the heat of the day.  B&B/Sears jumped out to a 9 run first on Shoppe and never let off the gas as they beat Shoppe in a stunner 24-8.  And Demarini/Dirty knocked off Taylormade 21-19 when Taylormade made a late charge.

In the semi-finals TYJA-Suncoast hammered Team 454 39-24 and Demarini/Dirty crushed B&B/Sears 25-7.

Note: all bats were re-tested before Sunday and zero bats failed compression testing for the final 4 teams.

Demarini/Dirty doing what they do best, cashing in with big innings

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Demarini/Dirty highlites

Al Bishop softball complex had 5 symmetrical 300 foot fields 

 

Shoppe defending Demarini/Dirty in the championship game

 

The view from the score tower as TYJA takes on Shoppe in the loser's championship

Saturday action as Taylormades Chyenne Brooks pitches to second for the out

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The building in the back was "google earthed" by a viewer at 400 feet and was hit by Phil White of Team 454 among a few others

 Heahunters bats in a close game against Team 454 early on 

The crowd was very small

 


 


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Dirty's comeback against TYJA which can be viewed at the beginning of this report is the comeback of the week!

 


 

The Mojo Masher of the week conference is Chivas Clark

Chivas Clark has been tearing it up from the 3 hole in the Down2EarthSports.com lineup.  Onbase percentage of .707 with 31 HR's and 91 RBI on the season!  Chivas isn't a "newbie" to the conference as he played with PrimeTime in the past, but is new to most upper level fans.

 


 

"Peach State Shootout" Tournament Awards and Final Standings:

 

Player Tournament Awards
Players Name
Plays For
Tournament CO-MVP
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
Tournament CO-MVP
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
Offensive Tournament MVP
SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
Defensive Tournament MVP
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
TYJA – Suncoast Reebok
All Tournament Team
SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
All Tournament Team
SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Down2Earthsports.com/SBC/Worth
All Tournament Team
TYJA – Suncoast Reebok
All Tournament Team
SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Down2Earthsports.com/SBC/Worth
All Tournament Team
TYJA – Suncoast Reebok
  
Place
State
Team
Team
Class
Wins
Loses
Ties
Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
1
FL
SPMensB
5
0
0
143
95
28.6
19
9.6
39
300
2
TN
SPMensA
6
2
0
195
179
24.3
22.3
2
39
225
3
NYD
SPMensA
3
2
0
146
101
29.2
20.2
9
39
200
4
GA
SPMensB
4
2
0
112
102
18.6
17
1.66
33
175
5
NC
SPMensB
3
2
0
92
82
18.4
16.4
2
28
155
5
VA
SPMensA
2
2
0
89
86
22.2
21.5
0.75
35
155
7
GA
SPMensB
4
2
0
118
90
19.6
15
4.66
32
130
7
VA
SPMensA
2
2
0
79
67
19.7
16.7
3
29
130
9
FL
SPMensC
3
2
0
71
56
14.2
11.2
3
21
110
9
AL
SPMensC
3
2
0
101
93
20.2
18.6
1.6
37
110
9
GA
SPMensD
2
2
0
79
71
19.7
17.7
2
31
110
9
GA
SPMensB
2
2
0
71
61
17.7
15.2
2.5
25
110
13
GA
SPMensC
2
2
0
80
76
20
19
1
28
70
13
SC
SPMensC
2
2
0
77
77
19.2
19.2
0
29
70
13
GA
SPMensE
1
2
0
37
59
12.3
19.6
-7.3
24
0
13
AL
SPMensB
1
2
0
54
57
18
19
-1
23
70
17
GA
SPMensC
1
2
0
29
58
9.66
19.3
-9.6
12
65
17
GA
SPMensC
1
2
0
53
46
17.6
15.3
2.33
21
40
17
NYD
SPMensB
1
2
0
53
49
17.6
16.3
1.33
28
40
17
GA
SPMensD
0
2
0
17
44
8.5
22
-13.
16
0
17
GA
SPMensE
0
2
0
25
36
12.5
18
-5.5
17
0
17
GA
SPMensD
0
2
0
16
56
8
28
-20
9
0
17
NYU
SPMensB
0
2
0
27
53
13.5
26.5
-13
14
65
17
TN
SBI
SPMensD
0
2
0
7
43
3.5
21.5
-18
7
0
25
GA
SPMensE
0
2
0
10
44
5
22
-17
8
40
 

Last tournament he played, Andrew Collins was the "Mojo Masher" of the week.  This week he is the Co-MVP of the tournament!
 
 
Demarini/Dirty center fielder Stevie Allen was Co-MVP

Defensive MVP was Demarini/Dirty's SS Steven Loyd
Offensive MVP was Shoppe's 3B and lead off hitter Lee Powers

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1st Place – Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesignsGTGGNo Nolkjdsa;lkajsdlkgajaljn

Conf 'B' from Orlando, FL   5-0 Record

Demarini/Dirty wins their second conference event of the season, joining Nordkap/Desert Falls and Resmondo as the only teams to do so.  Dirty does it in spectacular fashion with a come from behind win against TYJA-Suncoast in the winner's bracket championship and a dominating performance against Shoppe in the championship game.   Dirty continues to show great chemistry, gutty defense, and a lineup that can bat around the order at any given time and in any inning.

Against TYJA they were down 15 runs and batted just 6 times and 3 of the innings ended in 2 double plays and a strikeout which swung the momentum to TYJA but Dirty still came back and persevered through it and won the game.  From a rash of 3 run homers to the inning ending line drive stabs of their dual pitchers Tony Elrod and Shawn Jones, this team can win in a lot of different ways.

Top to bottom this team is quickly showing one of the best lineups in the game and their youth and enthusiasm, which I call a healthy swaggar, is getting under the skin of some of the veteran teams.  They are fun to watch and now make a push to be ranked #1 in the country…we will see.

Demarini/Dirty outfielder Nick Santana with another all tournament performance

Terry "Chitty" Baggs is more than just a power hitter.  He "plays the game" like the rest of the team when needed. 

The DirtySportswear.com "Arm Sleeve" of the week goes to Orlando Castillo


 

2nd Place – Shoppe/Team TPS/Elite  GTGG

Conf 'A' from McKenzie, TN   6-2 Record

 

Shoppe pitcher Dan "Dirty" Sanchez, 2B Jeff Payton, and RF Cory Boothe

Shoppe stumbled for the 3rd week in a row against a 'B' team and then recovered for the third week in a row by running the loser's bracket nearly to the end.  Two second place finishes and a 3rd over the last 3 weeks, a stretch where they played 26 games in 17 days.  Shoppe is tired and battered but get a couple weeks off before Chicago. 

In Atlanta they knocked off a very good OI Livingston team 39-37, sent Taylormade home by the run rule, jumped out to a huge lead vs Team 454 before hanging on 37-35 after midnight Saturday.  Then woke early and beat D2E and TYJA/Suncoast before dropping big to Demarini in the finals.

Shoppe is playing great softball.  The fact they haven't broke through and won a tournament is frustrating but they should be a good candidate to win in South Carolina next month.

Shoppe was employing the "Amoeba" defense sometimes against lefty's, often playing inside the base line

Shoppe's Chente Granados at SS and MI Tony Mack make for a Major level middle infield

Shoppes CF Kyle Cowart attempts a home run rob 

 



3rd Place – TYJA – Suncoast/Reebok GTGG

Conf 'A' from Great Neck, NY   3-2 Record

TYJA infield, SS Luis Reyna, MI Dennis Rulli, 2B Victor Cordova, 1B David Kessler

TYJA-Suncoast Reebok was crushing teams one after the other, D2E, 454, then they started to do the same thing against Demarini/Dirty with that impressive 13 run first inning before  the wheels came off a little and the momentum swung Dirty's way and TYJA fell by the wayside.  On Sunday they got beat by Shoppe in a close game and really need a win there to try and get revenge on Dirty. 

TYJA is adding CA Sports first baseman Jason Baxter and infielder Matt Crawford.   TYJA is a top tier 'A' team still trying to get their final lineup set.  I hear they have the MqQuade on their schedule which should be interesting.

TYJA was the early favorite to win the tournament as they cruised through their first couple of opponents with some big innings early on 

TYJA shortstop Luis Reyna scoops the grounder out of his glove to third base for the out

Cordova bats in the loser's bracket championship vs Shoppe on Sunday morning


 

4th Place – Down2EarthSports.com/SBC/Worth  GTGGied 7th

Conf 'B' from Baxley, GA   4-2 Record

D2E always plays well in Georgia.  They handled the Scene fairly easily in their opener then watched TYJA put a whoopin on them in the 3rd round.  In the loser's bracket they had some big innings which led them past Westshore, Primetime, and B&B/Sears on Saturday night.  Then on Sunday morning Shoppe knocked them out 24-8.

Dustin Kentzel pitched most if not all of the weekend for D2E and the team now has an impressive record against the 'B' division 9-2 and the 'A' division 3-5.  Those are numbers that are worthy of a 'B' World title run.  This years team is made up of almost exclusively Georgia players with only their pitchers from outside of the state. 

 

Sponsor and Manager Drew Dubberly congratulates his new pitcher Dustin Kentzel who is active duty Navy according to the SoftballCenter chat room.  We thank Dustin for his service on this Memorial Day!

 


 

Tied 5th – B&B/Sears/N&N Finishing  GTGGied 7th

Conf 'B' from Clayton, NC   3-2 Record

B&B/Sears is your surprise team of the tournament.  They cruised past a local team, then Primetime, and jumped out to a big lead against Shoppe and never looked back.  Sitting 3-0 on the weekend and in uncharted territory they then dropped two straight to Dirty and D2E. 

A great weekend for B&B.  I got to familiarize myself with some of the players and the lineup:

Cory Franklin
Celestino Jacinto III
Edmund Locklear
Keith Whitman
Jeremy?
William Maloney
Todd Boyer
Rich Racobaldo
Eric Bunn
David Byrum
Brent Powers

 

B&B/Sears middle infielder playfully lifts Castillos foot off the base before tagging him

 


 

Tied 5th – Team 454/Emerald/Worth GTGG

Conf 'A' from Glen Allen, VA 2-2 Record

 

Team 454 had everyone except Don Rogers who is out hurt.  They smoked OI Livingston in their opener 17-1 then scratched their way past Headhunters in the heat of the day.  That set up an 8:30 PM showdown with TYJA where they were outslugged 39-24.

In the loser's bracket late on Saturday night they came from 17 down against Shoppe early on to make an interesting finish but lost 37-35.  In the game Tim "Tiny" Taylor the manager of 454 had numerous run ins with the homeplate umpire.  At one point after just arguing a pitch, Tiny argued a second pitch as he came down the third base line saying "now your going to toss me"…the umpire didn't though and play resumed.

I think 454 is a little frustrated right now after they double dipped Nordkap in Dallas, I think they felt like they had stepped up be one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the country.  But the last two weeks have played out differently.  The feeling I have around 454 is they accomplished some of their goals early on and now they are waiting for the 'A' Worlds. 

 

454 SS Kevin Bazat who made some spectacular plays, watches as center fielder Jason Branch hauls in another catch

 

 

 


 

Tied 7th – Taylormade/TM Sports/Mizuno  GTGGied 7th

Conf 'A' from Williamsburg, VA   2-2 Record

 

Taylormade is starting to dig themselves a hole in points and may soon find themselves opposite the Resmondos and the Laser Visions at the big tournaments.  Tmade opened with a hard fought run rule of Westshore Pizza, then squandered some opportunities against Dirty in a 22-19 loss.  In the loser's bracket they won against a local team before Shoppe sent them to the showers. 

Taylormade has a fun team with some good athletes.  They are missing a big stick though and maybe need to look at some players that have sat out the year and dust them off and bring them out to help with the offense.

Taylormades CF Brian Logan climbs the ladder

Taylormade picked up former Westshore Pizza infielder Billy Moran

 


 

Tied 7th – Primetime/Easton GTGG

Conf 'B' from Macon, GA 4-2 Record

 

Primetime did not compete well with B&B Sears on either side of the ball and lost 15-6.  In the loser's bracket they beat BSC rival Pace 24-14, a good East Coast 19-15, in state rivals Headhunters 21-18, and then D2E sent them packing 26-16.

Primetime still hasn't put it all together for an entire weekend but in my estimation is the best BSC team in the nation and I have seen Pace and Specialists.

 

Primetime RF Keyma Wright

 

Primetime 3B Lee Daniels


 

The Rest of the Conference Teams:


 

Tied for 9th – Headhunters/Cancooker/SHSSports.com – knocked off BaughFord in the bottom of the 9th inning, then competed with Team 454 for half a game before falling 13-9.  In the loser's bracket Primetime sent them home 21-18.  This team is a work in progress and a solid 'B' team who is taking their lumps this year in hopes it will pay off in 2013.

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Headhunters winning hit vs BaughFord

Tied for 9th – Westshore Pizza/TPS – had Taylormade tied at 14 in the 4th before Tmade turned it on and run ruled them.  In the loser's bracket sent home two local teams before D2E beat them 15-12.

Tied for 13th – BaughFord.com/AdvantageSports/Worth – nearly got out of a bases loaded jam against Headhunters in the 9th inning but lost 19-18.  In the loser's bracket a very good OI Livingston team sent them home.


Tied for 17th – Adiktiv/D2E – hung with Dirty for a while.  Even had a chance in the 7th inning to come back.  Then in the loser's bracket they got beat by an 'E' team SHS Sports 24-17?


  

 

Tied for 17th – The Scene/Easton – lost to D2E and sent home by a very good 'D' team SPN.


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Some more pictures for you:

Looks like that close play in the D2E vs Primetime game was about a tie?

TYJA's Jeff Wallace reminds Dirty to keep it real

The benches cleared as The Scene went into the SPN Drywall dugout and threw down

 

Mark Weber and Dustin Roberts discuss with UIC Rick Robertson the ejection 

Hopefully Taylormade pitcher Brandon Jonas has some sunblock on that thing?  Temperatures on Saturday were in the 90's

Scott's Lawn Care had some Conference talent

Eagle Paint had a nice 'D' team that knocked off The Scene

 

Broadcasting came from the air conditioned score tower

  

Enough Said's decorated champion player Sirene Johnson was on hand to take in the action.  We will be getting a player interview with Sirene later this year!

Have a great Memorial Day!  Thank you to all the troops!

 


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